Consider the following. Sign up for FocusMate. Then beemind that you will attend X focusmate sessions per week (such as 7 per week aka one per day or whatever makes sense). This is in addition to beeminding other important metrics.
I’m not associated with them in any way, but I am a big advocate for FocusMate. It’s an easy way to get in a solid 45 to 50 minutes at a time.
Also, I’m not associated with Beeminder (I’m actually very new), but I’ve realized that I need to be not excessively afraid to pay Beeminder. From a theoretical point of view, it’s almost certain that most people, if they use it correctly, WILL eventually pay beeminder some money as they find their own contractual motivation point.
There’s an almost paradoxical thing about paying Beeminder money. On the one hand, nobody in their right mind wants to give them derailment money, and a healthy fear of loss of money is a good thing. On the other hand, derailing and giving them money is part of the process, so one shouldn’t fear that to such an excessive level that they would feel like cheating.
The threat of having to pay $5 might not be enough. If you derail on that, maybe the threat of having to pay $10 will be enough. But if that’s not enough then maybe the threat of having to pay $30 will be enough. You have to pay beeminder to find what your motivational point is.
And I’ll say this, I signed up for one of their premium plans (lower level) because I thought it would allow me to do something in particular. Well it turned out that it didn’t actually allow me to do that. But the funny thing is that I actually felt BETTER about my commitment to the product after paying for it!
All of this points back to the fact that for each of us, beeminder is something of a psychological experiment, and the more one is invested in the product, in various ways including financially, the more probable it is that it will work.